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Summer Preview gives incoming students a taste of life at Creighton

Summer PreviewGet ready, high school class of 2016: college is coming.

It’s an exciting time, but often riddled with uncertainties. Where will my classes be? What can I bring to my dorm? Where do I go if I’m struggling in a class

The Creighton University class of 2020 can experience life at Creighton months before move-in at Summer Preview, a program designed to ease the transition from high school to college. This year’s sessions are June 7-8, 9-10, 14-15 and 16-17.

“It’s an opportunity to see you made the right choice,” senior Ryan Kwapniowski and Summer Preview coordinator said. “See what the Creighton community is all about.”

This annual event includes incoming students from all over the country. Last year, more than 500 attended. Parents and students are split up, attending different sessions over two days such as Academics 101 and a residence life presentation. Small groups of 12 to 15 incoming students are lead by Creighton upperclassmen, giving the class of 2020 a personal look at student life.

“I was someone who was nervous,” senior Emily Wilton and Summer Preview coordinator said of coming to college. “It helped me a lot to meet new people at preview. I knew my way around campus and connected with other preview students.”

New this year is the ability to register for classes while at Summer Preview. Academic advisors will be on hand to guide students in choosing their fall classes. For incoming students who can’t attend Summer Preview, videos will be posted online with instructions on how to register.

Throughout the day, students are introduced to the many facets of Creighton. Mock classes are held, residence hall life is discussed and campus centers, like the Center for Health and Counseling, are highlighted.

A favorite part of preview is the late night activities. While parents stay at local hotels, all students stay in a residence hall room to get the full experience, including a roommate. A program called CU Adventure familiarizes students with campus buildings. Skits, a dance, and the ultimate college food, pizza, round up the night.

For parents, Summer Preview helps facilitate important discussions with their student. Sessions on money and health give parents the opportunity to spark conversations about topics like creating a budget and staying safe.

“For families, preview puts them at ease,” Kwapniowski said. “It gives them in-depth insight while here.”

Though many students may have concerns anticipating college, most feel that Summer Preview helps to alleviate them.

“When they leave, they say, I was really nervous about coming to Creighton and now I’m excited,” Katie Kelsey, director, Student Leadership and Involvement Center said.

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